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What are inhibitions? Where do they come from? Could inhibitions be simply the voice of conscience? The common idea in modern 20th century western society is that inhibitions are bad (especially inhibitions related to sex). Everyone is trying to break down and destroy inhibitions. The whole society is down on them. Thus we have Playboy, Playgirl and a flood of pornography; we have nudity and open sex in 95% of the movies coming out of Hollywood; the psychiatrists are down on them and blame them for every mental malady and maladjustment under the sun; the public is installing sex education in the schools to stomp them out; people are running around nude in front of their children so that they won't grow up oppressed by inhibitions; they let their boys and girls sleep together into their teenage years with the same purpose in mind; our modern day novelists are down on them and make open sex and a preoccupation with sex the main thrust of their works (they justify all this in the name of "realism"); the whole society becomes charmed and excited over mini-skirts (just another thrust against inhibitions); Madison Avenue is doing its share in the battle with its preoccupation with sensuous, lust-provoking, scantily clothed women as advertising gimmicks; the modern intellectuals and liberals are down on them in the name of "enlightenment" and "progress", disdainfully regarding them as "Victorian", "Puritan" and "old fashioned". But what are inhibitions? The F&W dictionary defines them as "a checking or restraining; a self-imposed restriction on one's behavior." Isn't this exactly the function that conscience performs? Doesn't conscience check and restrain us from doing those things which, down in our heart of hearts, we know is wrong? We speak of destroying inhibitions but aren't we really just trying to destroy conscience? Isn't the whole attack really one against our whole sense of moral (sexual) right and wrong? Isn't it all really just an attempt to legitimize simple immorality (whether it be adultery, fornication or whatever)? Sex is viewed, first, as just a natural biological urge, a natural appetite, a fact of life, and then the question is posed "Why should one be asked to fight against nature, why should one not be perfectly free to indulge a natural, biological urge?" (and the assumption is that the only reasonable and rational answer is that there is no reason). So our modern society has been (and still is) engaged in a great battle --- to undermine, erode and destroy morality. And we now have the "Sexual Revolution", the "New Morality" (really just the old immorality), "Situation Ethics", "Moral Relativism", etc.. What happens when one loses his sense of right and wrong? What does it do to a society when its members, in mass, lose their moral conscience? How about confusion, frustration, anger and misery for the individual and a wholesale tendency toward family disintegration, divorce, disillusioned and angry children, suicide, huge crops of illegitimate children, alcoholism, drug addiction, violence and crime for the answer? Nov 1976 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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